At N.H. College, a small private college, if a student "no shows" a tutor we pay
tutor for 1/2 hour. Tutors who staff our "Walk-In Hours" are paid for the time
they are there even if no one shows up. Of course we monitor attendance and
revise the WALK-IN schedule if needed.

Hope this helps,

Richard Colfer

"Oppitz, LouAnn" wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> Sorry that this message is a little after the fact but...
> For what it is worth.  We have a Learning Center on the Second floor of our
> Library Building.  Our center houses the Disabled Student Services,
> Assessment/Makeup Testing Center, Math Center, Writing Center, Peer
> Tutoring, and VA representative.
> Our Math Center is strictly a drop-in style service.  They are open 9:00 -
> 6:00 Monday through Thursday and 9:00 - 1:00 on Friday.  They have no time
> limit on the amount of time they can spend with one student, although they
> may help a student get started and then step away for a few moments to help
> another student.  It is staffed by two paraprofessionals and faculty members
> who need to fill out their credit hour load each semester.
> Our Writing Center is a combination of a drop-in and an appointment system.
> It is open Monday and Thursday 9:00-6:00, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00-4:00,
> and Friday 9:00-1:00.  Most of the tutoring is done on a drop-in basis
> because from its inception that is how the center was operated.  The
> appointments are for 25 minutes segments, and the student is able to sign up
> for a tutor of his/her choice.  This center is staffed by two
> paraprofessionals who are also part-time English instructors.  In the past
> with varying success, we have had instructors of many different disciplines
> put in time in the Writing Center to fill out their credit hour load.  Peer
> Tutors are also assigned to the Writing Center to help fill out the hours of
> operation.
> Through the Peer Tutoring Office tutors are assigned to students for
> specific hours, usually one hour
> (actually 50 minutes) twice a week.  We are not allowed to offer a drop-in
> service because of the payment issue.  Our director of the Learning Center
> does not feel that a tutor should be paid for an hour if he/she sits and
> does homework because no students came in for help.  However, no-shows on
> the part of the students are frequent, so we do pay the tutor a half hour
> for just showing up even if the student is a no-show.  If a student is a
> no-show twice within a semester, he/she is dropped from the program until
> the next semester.
> For the first time we did offer a Peer Tutoring program during the summer of
> 1999 on a drop-in basis.  We only had three tutors, each available for 15
> hours per week.  We chose tutors who had been attending the college for a
> few years and were able to tutor a variety of classes.  Then we advertised
> which tutors were available which hours.  It was basically successful, but
> in the future, we need to market our program on a much wider basis.  The
> students had a list of other projects to work on in the event no students
> showed up during their assigned hours.
> *My question is what do other schools do when students don't show up for
> their tutoring appointments.  Are the tutors paid anyway?  I would like some
> input also in this matter.  How are tutors paid who work at drop-in centers?
> Are they paid for just sitting there or only for the time they spend helping
> someone?
> Thank you,
> LouAnn Oppitz
> Peer Tutor Coordinator
> Inver Hills Community College
> Inver Grove Heights MN

Richard Colfer, Director
The Learning Center
New Hampshire College
2500 N. River Rd.
Manchester, NH 03106